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Dead Can Dance

Brendan Perry (left) and Lisa Gerrard (right)
Background information
Origin Flag of Australia Melbourne, Australia
Genre(s) Ethereal Wave
Dream pop
World
Darkwave
New Age/Ethnic Fusion
Years active 1981–1998
2005
Label(s) 4AD Records (world)
4AD/Warner Bros. Records (US)
Website Official Website
Former members
Brendan Perry
Lisa Gerrard

Dead Can Dance is a band comprised of Lisa Gerrard and Brendan Perry. Formed in Melbourne, Australia, in 1981 and initially based there, it disbanded in 1998 but reunited temporarily for a world tour in 2005. Image File history File links Dcdpromo01. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... This article is about the Australian city; the name may also refer to City of Melbourne or Melbourne city centre. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Ethereal Wave, also called Ethereal Darkwave [1], Etheric Wave [2] or Heavenly Voices in Europe and is simply called Ethereal in the United States, is a term that describes a subgenre of Darkwave music. ... Dream pop is a type of alternative rock that originated in Britain in the early 1980s, when bands like Cocteau Twins, The Chameleons UK, The Passions, Dead Can Dance, Dif Juz, Lowlife and A.R. Kane (to whom the term has been attributed) began fusing post-punk experiments with bittersweet... World music is, most generally, all the music in the world. ... Darkwave, also written as dark wave, is an umbrella term which refers to a movement that began in the late 1970s, coinciding with the popularity of new wave. ... New Age music is a style of music originally associated with some New Age beliefs. ... In the music industry, a record label is a brand and a trademark associated with the marketing of music recordings and music videos. ... The British indie rock record label 4AD Records was started in 1979 by Ivo Watts-Russell and Peter Kent, funded by Beggars Banquet Records. ... Warner Bros. ... Brendan Perry (born June 30, 1959 in Whitechapel, London) is a singer and multi-instrumentalist best known for his work as the male half of the duo, Dead Can Dance, with Lisa Gerrard. ... Lisa Gerrard (born April 12, 1961) is an Australian musician, singer and composer who gained international renown as part of the music group Dead Can Dance with Irish former partner Brendan Perry. ... Lisa Gerrard (born April 12, 1961) is an Australian musician, singer and composer who gained international renown as part of the music group Dead Can Dance with Irish former partner Brendan Perry. ... Brendan Perry (born June 30, 1959 in Whitechapel, London) is a singer and multi-instrumentalist best known for his work as the male half of the duo, Dead Can Dance, with Lisa Gerrard. ... This article is about the Australian city; the name may also refer to City of Melbourne or Melbourne city centre. ... Year 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays the 1981 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...

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Career

Though the band was formed in Australia, Gerrard and Perry moved soon after to London, where after one year they signed up to alternative rock label 4AD Records, a legendary label on the alternative-music scene. They continued to work closely together until the late 1990s when they started to grow apart. Gerrard returned to Australia, while Perry moved to Ireland, where he bought an old church, where he lives and works. It is speculated that the distance between the members was an influence in the duo's eventual break-up, although Perry himself said that distance helped in maintaining a certain individual freedom in creativity. This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... Alternative music redirects here. ... The British indie rock record label 4AD Records was started in 1979 by Ivo Watts-Russell and Peter Kent, funded by Beggars Banquet Records. ... For the band, see 1990s (band). ...


Assigning a musical genre to Dead Can Dance is difficult, as its style is particularly eclectic. However, its early work could be considered darkwave. In their later work, including and subsequent to the release titled The Serpent's Egg, Dead Can Dance would take ancient or various musics from around the world as primary sources, with Gerrard singing glossolalia, giving it a very distinctive style. As a result, their later albums sound quite different from the first three. Various sources have labeled those latter releases as neo-classical, ethereal, or dark world music. Musical genres are categories which contain music which share a certain style or which have certain elements in common. ... Darkwave, also written as dark wave, is an umbrella term which refers to a movement that began in the late 1970s, coinciding with the popularity of new wave. ... The Serpents Egg is the fourth album recorded by the Dead Can Dance duo, Lisa Gerrard and Brendan Perry. ... Tongues redirects here. ... Neoclassical may refer to: Neoclassical American realism Neoclassical architecture, an architecture style of the 18th century Neoclassical ballet Neoclassical economics, an economic theory Neoclassical growth model Neoclassical liberalism Neoclassical theology Neoclassical school Music: Neoclassical (Dark Wave) Neoclassical (Metal) Neoclassical (New Age) See also: Neoclassic (automobile), a car that is made... Ethereal Wave, also called Ethereal Darkwave [1], Etheric Wave [2] or Heavenly Voices in Europe and is simply called Ethereal in the United States, is a term that describes a subgenre of Darkwave music. ...


The name "Dead Can Dance" is inspired by the Danse macabre allegory and also is a pun on the word "decadance". The instruments that are used are either ancient, forgotten or no longer desirable to most musicians. Another understanding of the name is the idea of giving a life to the inanimate, as Perry said: The Dance of Death (1493) by Michael Wolgemut, from the Liber chronicarum by Hartmann Schedel. ... A musical instrument is a device constructed or modified with the purpose of making music. ... Ancient music is music that developed in literate cultures, replacing prehistoric music. ... “Instrumentalist” redirects here. ...

Dead Can Dance cover, 1984
Dead Can Dance cover, 1984
The album artwork [of their self titled first album], a ritual mask from New Guinea, attempted to provide a visual reintrepretation of the meaning of the name Dead Can Dance. The mask, though once a living part of a tree is dead; nevertheless it has, through the artistry of its maker, been imbued with a life force of its own. To understand why we chose the name, think of the transformation of inanimacy to animacy. Think of the processes concerning life from death and death into life. So many people missed the inherent symbolism, and assumed that we must be morbid gothic types, a mistake we deplored and deplore. [1][2]

In the United States, the group’s albums were not released until the mid-1990s, when 4AD had a distribution deal with Warner Bros. Records. After this deal ended, 4AD allied itself with the Beggar’s Banquet Group, which included that eponymous label and XL Recordings in the USA, but the band’s recordings remained distributed through Warner Bros. Subsequent releases, however, have been licensed to Rhino/Atlantic Records, a sister label within Warner Music. A Passage in Time remains with 4AD independently of the Rhino and Warner Bros. deals. Image File history File links Dead_Can_Dance_album. ... Image File history File links Dead_Can_Dance_album. ... Dead Can Dance is the debut album recorded by the Dead Can Dance in 1984. ... For other uses, see Mask (disambiguation). ... Warner Bros. ... Rhino Entertainment Company is an American specialty record label, owned by Warner Music Group. ... Atlantic Records (Atlantic Recording Corporation) is an American record label, and operates as a wholly owned subsidiary of Warner Music Group. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


A 1998 follow-up album to their last album Spiritchaser was planned, but the band separated before it was largely realized. One song that was to have appeared on it was fully recorded in the studio and is titled The Lotus Eaters. Though the album was never completed, it was eventually released on the box set Dead Can Dance (1981-1998) as well as the 2-disc Wake. Spiritchaser (1996) was the last studio album of Dead Can Dance before Brendan Perry and Lisa Gerrard went their separate ways. ... Dead Can Dance (1981-1998) (2001) was Dead Can Dances four disc box set, containing three CDs of music spanning their career and the DVD of Toward the Within. ...

2005 tour logo
2005 tour logo

Many unofficial live bootlegs exist of concerts spanning their career, which contain several rare songs that were only performed live. Though Toward the Within is the duo's only official live album, Dead Can Dance released limited-edition recordings of 13 shows from its 2005 European tour, as well as a compilation titled Selections from Europe 2005. These concerts were recorded and released by The Show. Image File history File links Dcd_logo. ... Toward the Within (1994) is the only official live album of Brendan Perry and Lisa Gerrards Dead Can Dance. ... The Show was a British television show, produced by and for Channel 4 Television, which ran for a single series in 1997. ...


Dead Can Dance in films and TV

One of the band's more noteworthy tracks features in Episode 1, Season 5 of The West Wing. Sanvean can be heard during the poignant final scene when members of the Bartlett family are attending a private church service following the kidnapping of the youngest daughter, Zoey. This article is about a TV show. ...


Another poignant scene can be found in the movie Unfaithful where two songs off of Spiritchaser are played simultaneously: "Devorzhum" is a soft, lullaby song that is transposed over "Dedicacé' Outò," which contrastingly is filled with various up-tempo percussion. Together the two songs create a visceral tension that complements well the visual stress on the screen of how Diane Lane's character is fighting her will to stay faithful, yet still gives into the passion of adultery. Unfaithful is a 2002 movie directed by Adrian Lyne. ...


Additionally, one can find snippets of Dead Can Dance's music permeating popular culture, such as

  • "Summoning of the Muse" from Within the Realm of a Dying Sun as an introduction for a national women's gymnastics program and Arch Enemy also used it as an intro for their last tour.
  • portions of "De Profundis" from Spleen and Ideal and "Nierika" and "Song of the Stars" from Spiritchaser as theme and background in a Pioneer Productions/Channel 4/Discovery Channel/ABC TV documentary program on black holes featuring Homer Simpson
  • The opening of "The Host of Seraphim" from The Serpent's Egg in a trailer for the film Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines and is featured in the Japanese CGI film Vexille 2077 Nihon Sakoku. It is also used in the 2002 film 'Ripley's Game' starring John Malkovich. A mixed version of "The Host of Seraphim" is used in the trailer of the 2006 Iraq War drama Home Of The Brave starring Curtis Jackson, Samuel L. Jackson, Jessica Biel, and Brian Presley. It was not the song was not featured in the actual film.
  • "Rakim" during the opening scenes/magic act of the CSI/Season 3 episode "Abra_Cadaver."

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Cover versions of Dead can Dance songs

Shoegaze band Ride recorded a version of "Severance," which was released on the 2003 album Waves. Bauhaus performed "Severance" during its 1998 reunion tour, and included a studio version on the album Gotham. Helena Iren Michaelsen's band Imperia covered "The Lotus Eaters" in 2004 on the tribute album, The Lotus Eaters. Progressive Doom Rock band Noekk covered the song "How Fortunate the Man With None" which also appeared on the Lotus Eaters. Gothic Metal band Paradise Lost covered Xavier in 2002, which appeared as a bonus track on the limited edition version of the Symbol of Life album. Dutch rockers The Gathering released their cover of In Power We Entrust The Love Advocated in 2005, on a compilation of B-sides, live material and other rarities. Ride were a British shoegazing band. ... Trail of Tears was a Norwegian gothic metal band originally formed in 1994 under the name of Natt. ... Imperia is a gothic metal band from the Netherlands. ... Lotophagi (lotus-eaters), the a race of people in Greek mythology from an island near Northern Africa dominated by lotus plants. ... Weiland cover Empyrium started as German symphonic folk doom metal band founded in 1994 by Markus Stock (mostly using the pseudonym Ulf T. Schwadorf) and Andreas Bach, but later many other participated. ... Gothic metal is a genre of heavy metal music that originated during the mid 1990s in Europe as an outgrowth of doom-death, a fusion genre of doom metal and death metal. ... For other uses, see Paradise Lost (disambiguation). ... Symbol of Life is a studio album recorded by British band Paradise Lost. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Garden of the Arcane Delights (1984) was released by the group Dead Can Dance on 4AD Records. ...


Discography

Albums

Dead Can Dance is the debut album recorded by the Dead Can Dance in 1984. ... Spleen and Ideal is the second studio album recorded by the Dead Can Dance duo, Lisa Gerrard and Brendan Perry, released in 1985. ... Within the Realm of a Dying Sun is the third album recorded by the Dead Can Dance duo, Lisa Gerrard and Brendan Perry, in 1987. ... The Serpents Egg is the fourth album recorded by the Dead Can Dance duo, Lisa Gerrard and Brendan Perry. ... Aion (1990) was Dead Can Dances fifth studio album. ... Singles from Into the Labyrinth Released: 1993 (Baraka promo) Released: 1993 Released: 1993 (U.S promo) Into the Labyrinth (1993) is the sixth album recorded by the Dead Can Dance duo, Lisa Gerrard and Brendan Perry. ... Toward the Within (1994) is the only official live album of Brendan Perry and Lisa Gerrards Dead Can Dance. ... Spiritchaser (1996) was the last studio album of Dead Can Dance before Brendan Perry and Lisa Gerrard went their separate ways. ...

Live albums (limited editions)

  • Closer to Heaven (1992)
  • Dublin (10/03/2005) 2CD
  • The Hague (12/03/2005) 2CD
  • Paris (14/03/2005) 2CD
  • Lille (16/03/2005) 2CD
  • Brussels (17/03/2005) 2CD
  • Madrid (21/03/2005) 2CD
  • Barcelona (22/03/2005) 2CD
  • Milan (24/03/2005) 2CD
  • Cologne (26/03/2005) 2CD
  • Munich (27/03/2005) 2CD
  • London (06/04/2005) 2CD
  • London (07/04/2005) 2CD
  • Selections from Europe 2005, 2CD
  • Seattle (17/09/2005) 2CD
  • Seattle (18/09/2005) 2CD
  • Toronto (01/10/2005) 2CD
  • Montreal (02/10/2005) 2CD
  • Montreal (04/10/2005) 2CD
  • Boston (05/10/2005) 2CD
  • Washington D.C. (10/10/2005) 2CD
  • Chicago (12/10/2005) 2CD
  • Chicago (12/10/2005) 3LP
  • Selections from North America 2005, 2CD

EPs

Garden of the Arcane Delights (1984) was released by the group Dead Can Dance on 4AD Records. ...

Promotional CDs

  • The ubiquitous Mr. Lovegrove (CD promo)
  • The carnival is over (CD promo)
  • American dreaming (CD promo, edited live version)
  • The snake and the moon (CD promo)
  • Sambatiki (CD promo)

Compilations

  • A Passage in Time (1991)
  • Dead Can Dance (1981-1998) (2001)
  • Wake The Best of Dead Can Dance (2003)
  • Memento The Very Best of Dead Can Dance (2005) (single-disc greatest hits)

A Passage in Time is a compilation originally released only in North America by Australian band Dead Can Dance in October 21, 1991. ... Dead Can Dance (1981-1998) (2001) was Dead Can Dances four disc box set, containing three CDs of music spanning their career and the DVD of Toward the Within. ... Wake is a compilation from previous albums of Dead Can Dance released in 2003. ... Memento, subtitled The Very Best of Dead Can Dance, is a compilation from previous albums of Dead Can Dance released the 25th of october 2005, shortly after the U.S. tour of Dead Can Dance (september 17th to october 12th). ...

Tribute Albums=

  • The Carnival Within (2000)
  • The Lotus Eaters (2004)
  • Summoning Of The Muse (2005)

Lotophagi (lotus-eaters), the a race of people in Greek mythology from an island near Northern Africa dominated by lotus plants. ...

Contributions

Itll End in Tears was an album released in 1984 by a collection of 4AD musicians using the name This Mortal Coil. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Lonely Is an Eyesore (1987) is a compilation of music by artists on the 4AD record label. ...

Movie scores

  • Demoni 2 (1986)
  • El niño de la luna (aka Moon Child; 1989)
  • Baraka (1992)
  • In the Kingdom of the Blind (1992)
  • Ruth's Journey (1996)
  • In the Presence of Mine Enemies (1997)
  • Nevada (1997)
  • La Chacala (1998)
  • Killing the Afternoon (2005)

Demoni 2 (Demons 2) is a 1986 Italian horror film directed by Lamberto Bava and is co-written and produced by Dario Argento. ... Baraka (1992) is an experimental documentary film directed by Ron Fricke, cinematographer for Koyaanisqatsi, the first of the Qatsi films by Godfrey Reggio. ...

Videography

Live performances

Toward the Within (1994) is the only official live album of Brendan Perry and Lisa Gerrards Dead Can Dance. ... Toward the Within (1994) is the only official live album of Brendan Perry and Lisa Gerrards Dead Can Dance. ...

Contributions

Lonely Is an Eyesore (1987) is a compilation of music by artists on the 4AD record label. ...

External links


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The mask, though once a living part of a tree is dead; nevertheless it has, through the artistry of its maker, been imbued with a life force of its own.
A compilation box-set was released in 2001 under the title Dead Can Dance (1981-1998) and a slimmer 2-cd version was released in 2003 under the title Wake.
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